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Increased voltage phenomenon in a resonance circuit of unconventional 
magnetic configuration 

Osamu Ide 

Clean Energy Laboratory, Natural Group Corporation, Shinagawa, Japan 

(Received 11 November 1994; accepted for publication 24 February 1995) 

The behavior of an LCR (inductance-capacitance-resistance) circuit with a movable ferromagnetic 
core is discussed. The core is attracted by a magnetic field generated by an electric current resulting 
from the discharge of a capacitor in the closed LCR circuit, An unusual increase in recharge voltage, 
which was dependent on the magnetic configuration of the coil, was observed. This voltage increase 
does not conform to the mathematical simulation of the system. The possibility that a positive 
electromotive force was involved in this effect is discussed/ © 1995 American Institute of Physics. 


The author has btm developing a motor operated by the 
discharge of a capacitor in an LCR (inductance-capacitance- 
resistance) circuit. Unlike conventional do motors, this motor 
utilizes die magnetic force of attraction between a current- 
carrying coil and a movable ferromagnetic core. The force of 
attraction between the two components resulting from the 
capacitor discharge is converted to a rotary force. The uncon- 
sumed magnetic energy is recycled as electrical energy by 
recharging the capacitor, 

In the course of developing this motor, it was discovered 
that the recharge voltage depends on the precise configura- 
tion of the system. 

The purpose of this paper is to describe the increased 
voltage phenomenon observed in the above system, A differ- 
ential equation that expresses the phenomenon, as. well as 
computer simulations, are also discussed. 

It is appropriate here to briefly discuss other machines 
based on a similar magnetic phenomenon. Many attempts 
have hctn made to operate machinery that utilizes the non- 
linear phenomenon of magnetism, such as ferroresonance 1,2 
and parametric resonance. 3 The basic features of these ma- 
chines is the magnetic saturation effect. The machines prima- 
rily make use of the transition from a nonresonant state to a 
resonant state, i.e., from the high inductance of a nonsat- 
urated state to the low inductance of a saturated state, con- 
verting these two modes to either oscillation or amplification. 

It should be noted that the present system is completely 
different from these machines, since there is no magnetic 
saturation in the coils. Voltage changes found in the system 
occur during the transition from a low-inductance state to a 
high-inductance state, and are not subjected to the sudden 
drop or rise typically associated with ferroresonance and 
parametric resonance. In other words, other systems operate 
in a closed magnetic field, whereas the system described here 
operates in an open magnetic field. Electrically, this system 
is basically closed, since the only power source used here is 
a charged capacitor; it has no ac power supply such as that 
used to operate other magnetic machines* 


The basis of the system discussed in the present paper is 
a conventional LCR circuit. Figure 1(a) shows a basic LCR 

circuit containing a capacitor initially charged to a voltage of 
-f V . When the circuit is closed, the capacitor discharges its 
energy through the inductor. The voltage and current in this 
transient state are known to follow a damped oscillation [Fig, 

Switch S can be replaced by a SCR (silicon controlled 
rectifier) in order to eliminate switching loss [Fig. 2(a)]. The 
other advantage of using the SCR is that a negative charge in 
the capacitor is retained after discharge. The oscillation stops 
after the first discharge, since the SCR automatically turns 
off when the half-cycle current recharges capacitor C to a 
recharge voltage of - V r . The voltage and current during this 
process are shown in Fig. 2(b), The amount of recharge volt- 
age is always smaller than the initial voltage due to tbi re- 
sistance loss in the circuit. 

The inductor (coil) in Fig. 2(a) is now replaced by two 
separate coils that face each other, with a movable ferromag- 
netic core inserted between the coils (Fig. 3). When the two 
coils (electromagnets) L x and I^ are connected in series, they 
generate magnetic fields that attract the ferromagnetic core 
toward the coils. 

Unlike when the core is fixed outside the coils (i.e., the 
core has no influence on the coils), the approach of the core 
results in an increase in combined inductance L, as well as 
movement of the magnetic flux near the coils. This increase 
in inductance and the movement of the flux naturally affect 
the discharge current and recharge voltage. 

Generally speaking, it is expected that the total recharge 
voltage will decrease because this system produces mechani- 
cal output as the core moves. However, through a series of 
experiments, it was discovered that results depend on the 
magnetic configuration of the coils used in the circuit. In 
other words, for a certain land of magnetic field, the opposite 
result could occur— an increase in the average current and 
recharge voltage. To confirm the above observations, an ex- 
periment was conducted, which is described in the following 


A, Experimental method 

The experimental setup is schematically shown in Fig. 4. 
Ferromagnetic cores Mj and M 2 are attached to the rotor, 

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which is driven by a dc motor. The cores can be rotated at 
various speeds, with the speed of the axis being measured by 
a tachometer. Four electromagnets, L t , 1^, L 3 » and L 4 are 
connected in series and placed two-by~two in the stators fac- 
ing each other. The number of turns, inductance (at 1 kHz), 
and dc inductance of the coils are, respectively, 169, 7.76 
mH, and 1.22 O. The magnetic field of the electromagnets 
facing each other, L^L 3 and L 2 -L 4 , can either be attracting 
(i.e., N-S, N~S) or opposing (i.e., N~S, S-N). The former state 
will be called the "attracting mode" and the latter the "op- 
posing mode." Placed between the two stators, each contain- 
ing two electromagnets, is a rotor with two ferromagnetic 
cores. The specific positions of the electromagnets and the 
cores are schematically shown in Fig. 5. 

At a certain distance between the coil and the core, com- 
bined inductance is maximized. This position of the core will 
be referred to as (he "reference point." The reference point 







FIG. 3. LCR circuit with two coils and a movable ferromagnetic core in- 
serted between the coils. 

will vary slightly, depending on the direction of the magnetic 
fields. The reference point is exactly aligned with the elec- 
tromagnets when the magnetic fields are attracting, and 
slightly displaced when they are opposing. 

Figure 6 shows how the inductance of the electromagnet, 
measured by an LCR meter, is related to the displacement of 


stator rotor stator 

K I L 




SCR trigger unit 


SCR trigger unit 

current probe 


phase sensor 



FIG. 2. (a) LCR Circuit with a SCR instead of a switch, (b) Half-cycle 
voltage and current oscillations of the circuit. 

dc-motor torquemeter coil 


FIG. 4. Experimental setup. 

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ferromagnetic rotor 


opposing mode 

attracting mode 


FIG* 5. Specific geometry of the electromagnets and the ferromagnetic core: 
(a) as viewed from the direction of the axis, (b) the cross section when cut 
from Hne A to A', and (c) the stator and rotor at the reference points and the 
discharge-initiation points. 

the core from the electromagnet The force of attraction 
(torque) between the electromagnet and the core is also in- 
dicated, This L»d (inductance-displacement) curve shows 
that the inductance gradually increases as the core ap- 
proaches the magnet, reaching a maximum at the reference 
point (d—0). It can seen from the figure that the rate of 
change of inductance depends on the magnetic fields and is 
greater in the attracting mode, 

A discharge is initiated at the distance from the reference 
point, at which the core can experience the maximum force 


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30 40 50 60 (mm) 



BIO. 6. Combined inductance (£) and torque (Tq) between the electromag- 
net and the ferromagnetic core; The torque was measured under conditions 
of constant current, Values of h and Tq for (a) the attracting mode, and (b) 
the opposing mode. 

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One rotation 
of the rotor 

FIG, 7. Voltage and current changes during one rotation of the rotor. The 
SCR turn-on points are also indicated. 

of attraction, Le,, L— 36.1 mH in the attracting mode and 
L—29.9 mH in the opposing mode. The discharge is com- 
pleted before the core reaches the reference point, indicating 
that the rotor does not receive a negative torque from the 
discharging coil 

'The serial operation of the system (Fig. 7) is as follows: 

(1) The capacitor is charged to -f V . 

(2) When the ferromagnetic cores approach the electromag- 
nets, SCR 3 is turned on and the capacitor is recharged to 

(3) SCR 2 is then turned on and the capacitor is charged to 

(4) The same cycle is repeated with the opposite 'current by 
turning on SCR 4 and SCR 1 in succession (coils L 5 and 
L 6 are used for protection from an overcharge current). 

Thus, for each half rotation, the positive and negative dis- 
charges are alternately repeated. 

The positive and negative discharges are not completely 
symmetrical. The conditions for each discharge are not ex- 
actly the same due to the particular structure of the experi- 
mental device, such as the shape, size, and position of the 
core. This inevitably causes a slight difference in the 
recharge-voltage efficiency between two opposite discharges, 
This condition, however, applies to all cases examined. 

Capacitance C is set at 15*87 jutF, and the initial voltage 
Vq at ±240 V. The capacitor voltage was measured by a 
high- voltage probe of 200 M(l (dc-^15 kHz) impedance, and 
the current was measured by a clamp-type probe* Wave 
forms of the capacitor voltage and the discharge current were 
simultaneously recorded using a digital-storage oscilloscope 
with a vertical resolution of 8 bits, (1/256; the scale ranges 
from -320 to 4-320 V). Because of the dispersion of the 
data, eight measurements of the positive and negative dis- 
charges were recorded, and the averages were then exam- 
ined. The estimated values was calculated by a computer 
connected directly to the oscilloscope. 

B* Estimation factors 

One estimation factor is the return-voltage rate, desig- 
nated as i\ This rate is defined according to the initial voltage 
V and the recharge voltage ~~V r as 

Dmitiii IrfA 






s |V>|/|Vb 


Another factor is tlie apparent resistance jR, derived from 
V , V r , and current L This value can foe deduced using the 
following procedure. First, the energy relationship before (f 
=0) and after (t—T/2) the discharge is known as 

Eq — Ei^E r , 


where E is die initial electrostatic energy of the capacitor, 
Ex the recharged electrostatic energy of the capacitor, and E r 
the internal energy loss. 

The values £ , E { , and E r are expressed, respectively, 





r ^R Pdu 


From these equations, R is written as 



-* /K 



This value of JR indicates not only the resistance mea- 
sured in the dc current but also includes the eddy current loss 
and hysteresis loss, as well as the effect of back EMF (elec- 
tromotive force). These resistances are generated when an 
inductor interacts with a ferromagnetic core. In short, R can 
be regarded as the total Joule loss of the inductor measured 
in the ac system. 

As mentioned in the previous section, the voltage- 
current wave forms were accurately measured and recorded 
by a digital storage oscilloscope. From these waves forms, 
V , V r , and (Jftdt) can be calculated, and R can thus be 

C. Results 

Figures 8 and 9 show the results of the experiments, 
Return-voltage rate r and apparent resistance R are com- 
pared at different rotor speeds from near zero to 400 r/min* 

When the magnetic field is in the attracting mode, the 
value of t follows a monotonic decreasing curve as the rotor 
speed increases, Correspondingly, resistance R follows an 
increasing curve, On the other hand, r is found to increase 
slightly in the opposing mode, with a peak in the 50-100 
r/min range, and then gradually decrease at faster speeds. 
The values of JR follow an opposite curve. 


In order to fully understand the above phenomenon, a 
computer simulation of the relevant differential equation was 

To describe the model, inductance L should be replaced 
by a time-dependent function L(t) that expresses the serial 
change of L, It is clear that the combined inductance of the 

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• Vo< o 
a average 

300 400 

n (r/min) 

FIG, 8, Results of the experiment—voltage return rate (r) for (a) the attract- 
ing mode, and (b) the opposing mode. 

electromagnet and the ferromagnetic core is related to the 
speed at which the ferromagnetic core approaches the elec- 

In the experiment, discharge begins when the core expe- 
riences the maximum torque, with the core traveling only a 
very short distance. The change in inductance caused by this 
motion may be regarded as linear over this narrow range. 
Thus, the change in inductance can be expressed by the fol- 
lowing equation; 

L—L^ax (H), 


where L is the initial inductance of the electromagnet (H)» a 
the rate of inductance change over the distance (H/m), and x 
the displacement of the core (m). 

From x— v t, where v is the speed of the core and t is the 
duration of discharge, Eq. (7) can be transformed, as follows: 

L^L^avt (H). 


The value aoQl s""" 1 ) in this equation is the rate of in- 
ductance change over time. Since a is constant (unique to 
each coil), this rate is proportional to v. 

From Faraday's law, the voltage across coil Vj under 
conditions of changing inductance L(r), is expressed as 

^ttamn IHn 


o Vo> 
• Vo< 
a average 

. i 



300 400 
n (r/min) 

FIG. 9. Results of the experiment—apparent resistance (R) for (a) the at- 
tracting mode, and (b) the opposing mode. 

Vi «d(Zr/)/df »d[(L + avt)I]fdt 

**(L +avt)(dIldt) + avI; (9) 

where v is a constant. 

The terminal voltage of capacitor V c is expressed as 

ff «(l/C) J Idt, 


where C is a capacitance. 

By applying Kirchhoff s law to V } , V c , and the voltage 
resulting from resistance R and current I, the following equa- 
tion is obtained: 

(L +avt)(dUdt) + (UC)J Idt+(R + <xv)I°*0. (11) 

This differential equation can be solved by using the 
Runge-Kutta process with initial conditions f«0, V~V , 
and 7=0. 

Figure 10 and Table I show the computer simulation of 
the solution of this equation for the specific values of V , C> 
a, v 9 and R 9 as compared with the experimental results. The 
value of a is obtained from the slope of the L«d curve (Fig. 
6) at L . The value of v is calculated from the core's rpm 
(revolution per minute) and the traveling distance at one ro- 

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r (Vr/Vo) 


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(n = 16) - 

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r^ initial value 



i . i . i . 1 


r JVr/vkL 



300 400 

n (r/min) 

0.82 _ 





(n = 16 ) 






n (r/min) 

HG, 10, The computer simulation of the Eq. (11), as compared with the 
experimental results: (a) the attracting mode, and .(b) the opposing mode. 

The simulation predicts that the recharge voltage will 
decrease as the core speed increases. This conforms well 
with the experimental results in the attracting mode. In the 
opposing mode, however, certain discrepancies can be found 
between the simulation and the actual results. 


The mathematical analysis in the previous section re- 
veals that the recharge voltage decreases as the core speed 
increases. With a constant core speed, it predicts that the 
recharge voltage will decrease as a increases. 

The reason for the decrease in the recharge voltage can 
be given as follows. The displacement of the core during 
discharge means there is a mechanical output in the system. 
It is reasonable to conclude that the mechanical motion of 
the core is compensated for by a decrease in recharge volt- 
age. The cause of the increase in the apparent resistance R is 

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R (Q) 

cc (H/m) 

v (m/sec) 


attracting mode 






0.01665 x n 

opposing mode 






0.01 665 x n 

considered to be the back EMF generated by the movement 
of the core* For a constant rotor speed, it is clear that a coil 
with a large a has a large attracting force. 

However, the results differ in the case of the opposing 
mode. Though a is positive, r increases over the range up to 
a certain speed. After the peak, r decreases slightly but re- 
mains greater than the initial value. 

These results can be explained from the assumption that 
the complex movement of. the Auk could generate a positive 
EMF: the increase in the recharge voltage is due to an EMF 
in the same direction as the discharge current, different from 
the back EMF caused by Faraday's law* 

The past controversy concerning electromagnetic induc- 
tion might shed some light on this viewpoint. On this topic, 
several authors have stated that the motional EMF caused by 
the cutting of the magnetic lux and the induced EMF caused 
by Faraday's law were independent phenomena. 4 * 5 These two 
different types of EMF are generally expressed by the fol- 
lowing equation: 

V=-rf$/£ft+ (BXv)dL 



It can be postulated that these two types of EMF have 
contradicting effects within the coil, and that the motional 
EMF has a positive effect on the recharge voltage over a 
certain range of core speed. 

This hypothesis seems to be consistent with the results, 
but is also highly speculative. It would be necessary to con- 
firm its validity through further experimentation. 

n (r/min) 


In this paper, the behavior of an LCR circuit with a mov- 
able ferromagnetic core was discussed. The increase in the 

inductance of the coil, which is caused by the attraction of 
the core during discharge, yielded the following results. 

(1) The recharge voltage is generally smaller when the core 
moves than when it is stationary. The decrease m the 
recharge voltage depends on the rate of change of the 
inductance. The simulation based on the theoretical 
equation confirmed the experimental results. 

(2) When applying opposing magnetic fields to the facing 
coils, an increase in the recharge voltage can be observed 
in an electrically closed LCR circuit. The apparent resis- 
tance of the coil decreased correspondingly. 

(3) It can be postulated that the complex movement of mag- 
netic flux generates a positive EMF, but the cause of the 
voltage increase is not clear. 


This work was supported by the Natural Group Corpo- 
ration. The author wishes to thank Dr. Takashi Aoki, Chubu 
University, and Mr. Yoshihiko Tago, InterScience Co, Ltd., 
for their helpful suggestions and comments related to this 

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